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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 136

    SHIHAB AL-DIN AHMAD BIN ADRIS AL-QARAFI AL-MALIKI (D. 1285 AD): ANWAR AL-BURUQ FI ANWA AL-FURUQ

    ANDALUSIA OR NORTH AFRICA, FIRST HALF 14TH CENTURY (BEFORE 1372 AD)

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    SHIHAB AL-DIN AHMAD BIN ADRIS AL-QARAFI AL-MALIKI (D. 1285 AD): ANWAR AL-BURUQ FI ANWA AL-FURUQ
    ANDALUSIA OR NORTH AFRICA, FIRST HALF 14TH CENTURY (BEFORE 1372 AD)
    An early copy of this important treatise on Maliki law, vol. I., Arabic manuscript on fine Andalusian paper, ..ff. plus two fly-leaves, each folio with 25ll. of black maghribi script, titles in larger black script, occasional red highlights and marginal notes, with index page, colophon not signed or dated, added note to last folio with date of AH 773, in later stamped and tooled morocco binding
    Folio 10 ¾ x 7 5/8in. (27.5 x 19cm.)


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    A note on the reverse of the last folio was written in the mosque of the Qasbah of Tunis in AH 773/1372-73 AD.

    Shihab al-Din Ahmad bin Idris bin 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sanhaji al-Qarafi was a Maliki jurist from the Berber Sanhaji tribe. His nisba of al-Qarafi comes from a place near the mausoleum of Imam Shafi'i in Cairo, where he was born and died in 1285 AD. His work Anwar al-buruq fi anwa al-furuq is the first of his numerous works mentioned in Al-Zerekly, Al-A'lam, Biographic Dictionary, Beirut, 2008, vol. I., p. 95. It comprises four main chapters.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF MEDIAEVAL SPANISH AND NORTH AFRICAN MANUSCRIPTS - PART III (LOTS 136-148)

    The following thirteen manuscripts were copied in Muslim Spain and in north Africa. Ranging from the 13th century to the 18th century, they showcase the refinement reached by the Western Islamic culture of that period. These manuscripts, often copied in elegant andalusi maghribi script on high quality paper or coloured vellum express the taste and interest of the learned society of the Almoravids through to the Almohads, Merinids and Hafsids dynasties. Christie’s is delighted to offer in this sale the third instalment of this collection of manuscripts, the first two parts of which successfully sold at Christie’s South Kensington, 24 April 2015 (lots 248-263) and 9 October 2015 (lots 243-261).